Every doggy need catered for at canine leisure centre

Since Garden Cities planned, constructed and then launched Leadville Dog Park for the canine residents of Sunningdale in December 2016, daily, an estimated 120 dogs with their owners visit and enjoythe facility off Braselton on Leadville Road.

The park is on a hectare of land provided by Garden Cities at Sunningdale, where  development  started over 20 years ago.   The company created the landscaped doggie playground areas, features, and a 180m2 building with a large veranda, at the entrance to the park, to accommodate services related to the care and comfort of dogs – and a coffee shop for their owners.

Although the park was provided at the cost of Garden Cities, it is now maintained by the City of Cape Town as a public amenity, and to ensure the ongoing success and high quality of services provided the park relies on dog owners taking responsibility for controlling their pets’ behaviour, and removing their droppings.

The park is another of the many infrastructural elements in Sunningdale, provided by Garden Cities. As part of its holistic development philosophy, the 100-year-old company includes services that will be needed by residents, such as commercial centres, schools and sports facilities.

The dog park was a new departure for the company in accordance with the growing canine population of Sunningdale. It is on Leadville Way, just off the main artery Braselton Road at the edge of the developed area to the east of the growing suburb that now comprises nearly 3 300 homes.

The facility has been enthusiastically adopted by residents - it features a walking path around an enormous open area in the shape of a giant thigh bone. Paw print patterns feature in the pavers on the gravel paths and in the shapes of smaller areas of lawn

A fence to prevent pooches wandering too far surrounds the park, but the open play area will also tie into the future green belt that meanders through the development. This will extend the scope of the park’s offering, with owners able to walk their dogs on leads in the public open spaces accessed through the formal dog park.




Garden Cities to build innovative new private school in Sunningdale

Progressive education project launched in partnership with Rallim Preparatory

‘Redesigning education for the future’ 

Garden Cities has formed a partnership with Rallim Preparatory Modern Learning Environment to build an exciting new private school at its West Coast flagship suburb Sunningdale.

The school is set to transform the educational landscape through an innovative and progressive approach in its singular vision to redesign education for the 21st century. Rallim Prep will open on Berkshire Boulevard in Sunningdale, in 2019, for students aged 3 – 13, with plans in place to establish a secondary faculty in a few years’ time. 

Group CEO of Garden Cities, John Matthews, says the company’s decision to invest in the development of a private school was in line with Garden Cities’ holistic approach to the development of its suburbs, which included the provision of a comprehensive infrastructure for residents. The school also represented Garden Cities’ on-going commitment to education. 

The company’s Archway Foundation will have been responsible for the building of 100 school halls when the company celebrates its centenary next year. The halls, of which more than 600 are still needed, have been built with funds provided by the Foundation, and latterly, in collaboration with the Western Cape Education Department. The foundation also sponsors school science learning centres. Head of Rallim Preparatory Modern Learning Environment, Colleen Millar, whose 21-year educational career includes previous management positions as both deputy principal and principal of private schools, says that the founding of Rallim Prep was premised on the belief that schools should comprehensively prepare children for the future, and for careers that may not yet exist. 

Millar highlights the rapidity with which the world is changing, and maintains that the structure, organisation and pedagogy of today’s schools support a system whose century has passed. She believes that no school has the luxury of remaining static. ‘We urgently need to rethink the task of education in a changing world,’ she says. 

‘There will be new goals for performance and cognition in education in the future which Rallim Preparatory aims to achieve through its flexible, open and adaptive architectural design as well as its new models of learning. 

‘We shall have unique and relevant facilities that are designed to ‘make learning visible’ and create collaborative, shared tech-infused workspaces with moveable walls that will replace the traditional classroom and provide for our master classes in a quest to personalise our approach to learning.’ 

‘The Rallim Prep model envisages providing an education that redefines the borders of the classroom and school through its innovative pedagogical approach, its new anatomy of language and its unique physical structure. 

‘This approach of transcending traditional academic boundaries will ensure that Rallim Prep reshapes the educational paradigm within a local context without relinquishing the fundamental requirements. Rallim Prep will chart a new landscape for education and pioneer the 21st century school of the future.’ 

‘Further to our aim of establishing an innovative, progressive and vibrant campus, we firmly believe that Rallim Prep’s appeal as a school will lie in our strong sense of community. Our commitment to realising our students’ potential will be built around providing a balanced education that addresses their intellectual, cultural, social-emotional and physical wellbeing. This will involve the establishment of sporting and cultural centres of excellence to support both the needs of the school and the wider community.’ 

‘In addition to this, we intend to provide a teacher learnership programme from the outset, that will ultimately result in the development of our campus to a tertiary level of teacher training to help address a national need. 

The objectiv,’ says Millar, ‘is to offer a unique, affordable, customised learning experience and to be considered leaders in educational innovation by keeping abreast of new trends.’ 

‘We want to be the choice parents make for their children on the Western Seaboard as well as in greater Cape Town.’


For more information on how Rallim Prep is redesigning education for the future, visit their website on

Applications for admission are invited for the start of the 2019 academic year. You may contact the school via email on or on 087 8062 303. 



Garden Cities completes homes in first stage of Phase 12 Sunningdale, with further stages and phases on schedule 

With bulk services and infrastructural capacity sufficient for the next 15 to 20 years of expansion at Sunningdale, the Garden Cities’ suburb on the West Coast just north of Table View, development of Phase 12 is well under way. 

It comprises the first of three further phases in the suburb, on land totaling 264 hectares in extent. The new phases will accommodate the mix of residential, commercial and community facility development that has been established in the suburb since it came into being 17 years ago. Houses in Phase 12C (173 single residential erven) have been completed and house construction is now starting on Phase 12D (129 single residential erven). 

Phases 12 A1, B1 and B2 (244 single residential erven) have been serviced and development will follow on completion of Phase 12D. 

Phase 12A2, a group housing development called Maple Creek, consisting of 127 units, will be developed as soon as services are completed, in conjunction with Phases 12 A1 and B1 and B2’s single residential erven 

Phases 12 E2 (117 single residential erven) will follow after Phase 12 A1, B1 and B2 have been completed. On completion, Phase 12 will comprise 663 single residential homes and about 414 group houses, on 109ha. 

In addition to the housing development, the stretch of Berkshire Boulevard fronting these phases provides sites to accommodate sports facilities, a school or college, offices, retail outlets and general business. 

Garden Cities’ philosophy of providing extensive infrastructural and community features for its developments, makes them largely independent in terms of retail, sporting, educational and healthcare considerations. 

As part of the new extension to the suburb, Berkshire Boulevard will eventually intersect with Wood Drive, providing access to the major internal artery, Sandown Road, and the West Coast Road, when progress on the bulk infrastructure reaches a crucial stage, and the road extension becomes appropriate. 

The bulk services included sewers and sewage pump stations, extensions to bulk water supply, existing canals and pipes. Existing drainage systems were also enhanced and an environmental impact assessment (EIA) to determine the best solutions to storm water was also undertaken. The resulting work is also expected to help the City with its existing systems in areas surrounding Sunningdale. 

The land shaping exercise, in preparation for roads and construction sites, has incorporated a ‘search and rescue’ operation involving possible rare plant species, conducted by a specialist indigenous vegetation consultancy. Garden Cities is also currently studying the City of Cape Town’s TOD (Transit Orientated Development) Strategic Framework Policy as it applies to Sunningdale, and as part of this process is reviewing its approach to inclusive development projects to align with the City of Cape Town’s overarching town planning philosophy. 

The town planning application for Phase 13, Sunningdale, has also been submitted and the City’s response is imminent. Phase 13 is divided into three sub-phases with Phase 13A being a private gated village, proposed as a ‘Green Star SA, Sustainable Precincts’ project – where the community as a whole would be green star rated, based on a range of criteria. 

Phase 13B will consist of an additional 116 single residential erven and Phase 13C will be a general residential area of 4.7ha.



Villages at Sunningdale again sell out to long waiting lists

New generation lower-priced houses with high-end features at Garden Cities' long-established west coast suburb, Sunningdale, have proved enormously popular, with sell-out launches for the first round of villages.
The most recent, Redstone, has also sold out and residents are moving in, while the last few schemes of homes in Canal East will be coming onto the market to a waiting list, and are priced from R1800 000 to R2 600 000
Sunningdale 12C is the latest extension to be launched around July this year with a total of about 750 homes to be serviced by a dedicated security vehicle and on-site patrol office. The new extension will be in the proximity of a soon-to-be-announced new school.  Prices of the homes are expected to start at R1 700 000.

Sunningdale, developed over the past 17 years by the 97-year-old property company, has a broad variety of housing, now numbering well over 3 000 units, that has proved largely resistant to market vicissitudes. Garden Cities has also provided retail facilities, school sites, a hospital site and exemplary sports facilities including an enormous hall, clubhouses and playing fields with lighting. 
Canal West, which is now sold out, with last new owners moving in shortly, provides an interesting variety in a mix of accommodation that is attracting a broad market sweep. Only one road runs through the area with a guard and surveillance cameras at each end.

The entire area borders the course of a landscaped canal that in places broadens out to provide access for residents. There are also a number of picturesque parks that soften the built landscape and create areas of green tranquility.

The houses provide a degree of luxury at prices usually associated with smaller units, and cost saving is also top of mind, with heat pumps a creative innovation at domestic level that offer enormous cost savings on water heating – using only 30% of the electricity required for conventional geysers. The standard features such as the hobs, ovens and extractors, cupboards and a garage, can, when retrofitted, be beyond the financial capacity of a new buyer.

Group CEO of Garden Cities, John Matthews, is on record as saying that while life offers a large measure of uncertainty, if at all possible, Garden Cities aims to provide an environment that allows its communities a confidence in the stability of their home base. 

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